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Faculty duo presents CD release concert

Nov. 19, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A CD featuring violin-and-piano sonatas played by Renata Artman Knific and Lori Sims, both Western Michigan University music faculty members, will be released at a Dalton Center Recital Hall concert at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

General admission tickets to the performance are $10 and $5 for students and senior citizens. They may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free (800) 228-9858.

An open reception and CD signing with Knific, Sims, and internationally renowned Michigan composer William Bolcom will follow the performance. The CD, "William Bolcom: Works for Violin and Piano," will be available for purchase.

"The vibrant team of Renata Artman Knific and Lori Sims play these violin sonatas with rare fervor and drama," Bolcom says. "I first heard them in a shattering performance of the third sonata; they have evinced the same intensity in their readings of the other three, and I thank them profoundly for this recording."

Knific has dedicated her career as a violinist to the performance of new music and collaboration with contemporary composers. In recent years, she's premiered dozens of pieces by leading composers. Sims is highly regarded for her "utterly convincing music interpretations," in the words of the Indianapolis News. She has distinguished herself as one of her generation's leading American pianists.

Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America and honored with multiple Grammy Awards, Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas and symphonies.

Online reviews for "William Bolcom: Works for Violin and Piano," are available online through Barnes & Noble and World Magazine.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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